Jeff Samardzija bounces back vs. Orioles, earns first win since late April


Jeff Samardzija bounces back vs. Orioles, earns first win since late April

Jeff Samardzija's last start at Camden Yards was one to forget. Luckily for him, nobody was there to see it. 


Samardzija, then a member of the White Sox, allowed 10 hits and eight runs -- seven earned -- in an 8-2 loss to the Orioles in Baltimore on April 29, 2015. The game was closed to the public after riots broke out in Baltimore following Freddie Gray's funeral.

"It was like a dream," Samardzija, now with the Giants, said to reporters on Sunday. "It was like a bad dream. 

The first inning of Samardzija's return to Camden Yards looked like another nightmare. He allowed a solo shot to Orioles first baseman Trey Mancini, who was just the second batter he faced in the first inning. 

But Samardzija settled down and only allowed two more hits and no runs over six innings in the Giants' 8-1 win. This time, the right-hander could enjoy the right kind of dream by earning his first win since April 23. 

It was also only the third time Samardzija has pitched at least six innings all season long. The Giants have been trying to limit his pitch counts this season after he's combined to throw only 101 innings the past two years due to injuries.

Over his 12-year career, however, Samardzija has thrown more than 200 innings five times. He still believes the deeper he goes into a game, the better he pitches. 

"This just in that I get better and throw harder later in the game," Samardzija said sarcastically to reporters. "It's been like that my whole career, and it's always going to be that way."

Samardzija tossed 110 pitches over his six innings and struck out six batters. His ERA is now down to 3.61, which would be his lowest as Giant if the season ended today. 

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The Giants leave Baltimore with a series win Sunday, and Samardzija can happily dream this time on the team's flight to New York for a three-game series against the Mets starting on Tuesday.

Joey Bart-Buster Posey comparisons legit, ex-Giants GM Bobby Evans says

Joey Bart-Buster Posey comparisons legit, ex-Giants GM Bobby Evans says

Back in 2008, the Giants selected a franchise-altering player in the first-round of the MLB draft.

Ten years later, the Giants drafted Joey Bart at No. 2 overall, hoping he would have the same impact that Buster Posey had on the franchise over the last decade.

Before he was fired as general manager in Sept. 2018, Bobby Evans was responsible for drafting Bart. What did Evans and the Giants see in the Georgia Tech star? The former long-time Giants executive was asked that during an interview on KNBR 680 on Friday.

"He's just so far advanced, for us, looking at him at Georgia Tech and we had a chance to track him throughout a his time there," Evans said. "Our scout covering Georgia Tech at the time played at Georgia Tech and had a good inside track as to who Joey was. But he was able to see, this was a guy in college that is calling his own game, he takes as much pride in what he's doing behind the plate as he does with the bat. He's a smart, smart hitter. He's at Georgia Tech for a reason because he's a smart guy to begin with, but he's a smart hitter.

"The challenge he'll have as he advances is, he's got right-center field power which he'll have to continue to work on at [Oracle Park] and other places. But the power is real and it's raw and you've got a lot to look forward to in Joey."

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Ever since he was drafted, Bart has been seen as the heir apparent to Posey, and Evans gave credence to the comparisons.

"The flashes of Buster Posey are not lost on us, because there's so much common ground there, really starting with the character of the player," Evans said.

Bart finished the 2019 season at Double-A and was expected to begin the 2020 season at Triple-A before the global coronavirus pandemic stopped everything.

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Once baseball does begin, Giants fans everywhere will be keeping an on Bart's every move, hoping they will soon see him at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

Father in Barry Bonds jersey accidentally hits son in head with ball


Father in Barry Bonds jersey accidentally hits son in head with ball

Everyone could use a little laughter in their life right now.

When a fan asked for the outtakes, high school baseball coach Kyle Tognazzini obliged with a pretty hilarious clip from his backyard wiffle ball battles with his son.

The poor kid hung in there though and didn’t even take a fall after that line drive bounced off his head. His dad definitely emulated the player whose jersey he’s wearing with that bat speed.

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In another outtake, Tognazzini showed his son’s reaction to the comeback, repeatedly beaning his dad with pitches.

Every family is finding a different way to navigate these social distancing guidelines, some just seem to have more fun doing it.